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Canada’s CBC and PRI stateside are working to keep the daily radio talker Q on air after radio host Jian Ghomeshi was fired Sunday.
A CBC spokesman on Monday told The Hollywood Reporter that the Canadian pubcaster was “in communication with Public Radio International and we will continue to offer Q to existing and new stations.”
The CBC is using guest hosts in the immediate wake of Ghomeshi’s firing. “We move forward. I hope you’ll come with us. This is Q,” fill-in host Brent Bambury told listeners during the show’s opening monologue Monday.
On the same day, law firm Dentons Canada LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ghomeshi in a Toronto court.
The $55 million suit accuses the CBC of “misusing personal and confidential information provided to it in confidence and under common interest privilege,” according to CP24. The CBC confirmed it had received the lawsuit and “would contest the matter vigorously.”
The lawsuit follows Ghomeshi launching a public defense Sunday on Facebook, where he protested his dismissal by the CBC and denied he engaged in violent sex without consent.
The Toronto Star then published a report in which three unnamed women separately came forward to allege they experienced unwanted and non-consensual physical violence during encounters with Ghomeshi. “He attacked me. Choked me. Hit me like I didn’t know men hit women. I submitted,” one of the accusers reportedly said, according to the Toronto Star report.
A fourth anonymous woman, a CBC employee, also alleged sexual harassment in the Q studio. “She alleges he approached her from behind and cupped her rear end in the Q studio, and that he quietly told her at a story meeting that he wanted to ‘hate f—’ her,” Toronto Star reporters Kevin Donovan and Jesse Brown wrote.
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